Letitia James, the state’s first black attorney general and the first woman elected to the position, was honored at an inauguration ceremony in New York City.

Sunday’s ceremonial swearing in was at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. The Democrat was officially sworn in as the 67th Attorney General for New York last week.

Her predecessor, 74-year-old Barbara Underwood, was appointed in May when Eric Schneiderman resigned amid allegations he physically abused women. Schneiderman later apologized to his accusers; a special prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges.

Underwood did not seek election.

United States Senator Chuck Schumer speaks during an inauguration ceremony for the new Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, in New York, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
United States Senator Chuck Schumer speaks during an inauguration ceremony for the new Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, in New York, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The new Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, blows a kiss during an inauguration ceremony in New York, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The new Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, blows a kiss during an inauguration ceremony in New York, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Source: The Associated Press

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